Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Victorian Bushfire Appeal and donated goods
In true Australian spirit many community members are eager to make a donation of money or goods.
Relief centres are overwhelmed by donations, diverting resources away from critical tasks. The best way people can help impacted communities is through financial donations.
The Victorian Government has launched a new fund in partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and the Salvation Army, dedicated to helping Victorians impacted by the recent bushfires.
Donations to the new fund will be held in a dedicated account overseen by Pat McNamara, former Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal.
To arrange a visit from Agriculture Victoria, farmers should contact Vic Emergency on 1800 226 226.
Farmers needing fodder should contact the Victorian Farmers Federation on 1300 882 833.
Affected farmers can access immediate financial support through both the Victorian Emergency Relief Assistance Payment via the Vic Emergency hotline and the Commonwealth Government's Disaster Recovery Program Payment on 1800 226 226.
Financial Assistance and Fundraising Scams
Consumer Affairs Victoria have reported fake fundraisers are doorknocking in Gippsland communities, requesting donations for bushfire relief.
More information on fundraising scams and disaster advice is available online at Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Free financial advice on insurance, banking and financial hardship in a disaster is also available via the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
Free Birth Certificate replacement
Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria have advised Victorian birth certificates destroyed by bushfire will be replaced for free. For assistance, phone: 1300 369 367.
Fines Victoria will provide assistance with managing unpaid fines to anyone who has been affected by the bushfires.
You can contact Fines Victoria to discuss your options and the support available.
A reminder to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology's online weather warnings.